Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At the last session, I told the student I would look into when/why "que" vs "cual" is used. So, this what the session started with. I also taught him a more useful way to say I do not understand, as opposed to the standard "no comprendo." "No entiendo" sounds better when talking about the meaning of a word rather than a situation. I also taught him the standard salutation between family members due to the strong tie between the Spanish culture and the Christian/Catholic religion."
"Today, the student learned el articulo (the article) and all its forms (definite and indefinite, masculine, feminine, singular and plural) and their applications. He also wrote by himself a list of words both masculine and feminine and singular and plural, to be able to identify the gender and number in each one so that he could use the articles in the proper way. As in every class, he continued practicing the reading and comprehension. He has improved his reading and comprehension skills."
"We covered letter sounds, basic greetings, the student's prior knowledge of any Spanish words, informal and formal address, and the concept of gender in inanimate nouns. The student had a great, positive attitude and kept trying without getting discouraged. I encouraged him to find ways of listening to Spanish (he mentioned liking the song 'Feliz Navidad') and to write down specific ideas he'd like to communicate to his potential business partners in Spain. I am looking forward to seeing continued progress on his Spanish!!"
"During this fourth session, the student and I practiced conversation as well as covering grammar. We reviewed noun gender and agreement, conjugating ser and estar, the use and conjugation of the preterite tense, possessive pronouns, and some vocabulary. I gave her handouts regarding ser and estar, and the preterite tense for reference. I also loaned her a few different grammar review/ reference books, some including exercises, for her to review over the next few weeks if she has time. She has made excellent progress in her conversational skills; I am truly impressed by her clear communication and ability to express herself in Spanish. She is motivated, confident and clearly committed to her study of Spanish, and her progress shows this. She is a fantastic student!"
"The student and I worked extensively on oral conversation, using the three tenses that he knows, present, past and future. He is able to converse with much more fluency and now rarely tries to translate what I say. We also completed a worksheet to review the past tense. Lastly, we briefly reviewed a mistake he made on his last test."
"During this session I reviewed the student's homework with him. He did well in the article exercises. He mentioned that he memorized the regular and irregular preterite verb endings. I had him practice conjugating regular verbs first. He did well. For homework I asked him to complete a few worksheets and prepare for an oral exercise."